Monthly Archives: May 2023

2023 ILCA Handbook Now Online


The  ILCA  Handbook is updated each year. The Handbook has all you need to know about the boat and the class with a report from the President, class rules, World Championship winners, sailing tips and more.


The 2023 version of the Handbook is now available online Here.

ILCA Australia – Appointment of a New Principal Race Officer

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Colin Dods as our new Principal Race Officer.
Col is passionate about providing the best race and regatta experience for sailors. His philosophy is that the racing must not only be safe, fair and fun, but that it is run professionally and in friendly collaboration with athletes, association organising committees and host clubs.

Col’s first event as PRO will be the 2024 Australian Open & Youth Championship at Adelaide Sailing Club.

Col’s sailing biography is in the press release Here.

Paris Marseilles Olympic Qualification Events

The 2024 Olympic Sailing will be held in the French port city of Marseilles between 28 July and 8 August 2024.

There will be 165 women and 165 men competing in the 10 events with 8 classes of equipment.

The numbers of competitors to be allocated at each of the qualifying events for each Olympic event is summarised below.



The full Olympic Sailing Qualifying process is outlined in the World Sailing document Here.

The full list of qualifying events, venues and dates is Here.

For ILCA the main qualifying events are the 2023 Sailing World Championships the Hague Men (16 places) & Women (16 places) 10-20 August 2023, the 2024 ILCA Women’s Worlds Mar del Plata ARG (7 places) 3-10 January and the 2024 Men ILCA Men’s Worlds Adelaide (7 places) 24-31 January 2024. The Oceania Qualifier event which will qualify two men and two women will be Sail Sydney 11-18 December 2023.

These and our ILCA events are tabulated on our Events page Here.

Eight Bells – Peter Merritt

We are sad to announce the sudden and tragic death of Peter Merritt. Peter tragically passed away on the 16th May.

He has been a life-long supporter of the sailing fraternity. His loss will be felt by many.

Peter was the valued PRO of our National & Oceania events, Director of Events for ILCA Oceania, a Life Member of ILCA Victoria and founder of sailing club and events management systems company ClubOps.

We send our condolences to Peter’s wife Jenny, sons Simon and Tim and mother Byrl.

Rohan Langford Appointed ILCA 4 World Youth Team Coach

Australian Sailing Qualified Coach – Tasmanian, Rohan Langford has been selected to support the
Australian team at the 2023 ILCA4 Youth World Championship at Volos, Greece.

Pre-regatta preparation and competition dates in Volos are 19th July – 30th July 2023.

Rohan has been selected by the travelling team members from the AusILCA Coaching Pool.

The Australian ILCA 4 team is made up of three female and nine male under 18 sailors from around Australia who qualified in the 2023 AusILCA National Championship at Georges River Sailing Club in NSW.

Rohan is a passionate sailor who has competed at a high level within the sport in several classes and was National Laser 4.7 Australian Champion in 2008. He has enjoyed the experience and success in the coaching side of the sport over the last 10 years.
AusILCA is delighted to have Rohan join the Australian team and wishes him and the team all the best for the regatta.